UTICA, NY – Utica College’s annual Take Back the Night March returned Sunday evening after a one-year absence.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only UC students, faculty, and staff were allowed to participate and needed to pre-register for a time slot to march.
Over 75 participants marched from the Strebel Student Center around the campus carrying tea light candles and chanting slogans. Some even banging drums. They did it to show solidarity between sexual assault survivors and their supporters, and to proclaim their right to safety.
“The purpose of the march is to create awareness, dispel myths, and create an environment of support for those that are victims,” says Jennifer Jones, Utica College’s Safe Trax director.
“Rape is one of the most under-reported crimes, and just knowing there are resources here and in the community to help students get through that is important.”
Safe Trax, a grant-funded program at Utica College, is one of those resources that work to provide prevention education and services for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking victims.